A new Dryden edition from O.U.P.

In a matter of four days’ time, Oxford University Press will release a new title in their 21st-Century Oxford Authors series:

John Dryden, Selected Writings, edited by Steven N. Zwicker

The press writes of this new edition:

  • Introduces students to the life and work of John Dryden, one of the most important poets, dramatists, and literary theorists of the later seventeenth century.
  • A fresh presentation of John Dryden’s poetry and prose.
  • Dryden’s work is presented in chronological order, allowing students to study his development and growth.
  • Includes a separate Chronology at the opening of the volume, which provides details of Dryden’s life, career, and the publication of his works.
  • The writings are presented free of annotation on the page, allowing students to encounter the original texts afresh.
  • Explanatory notes and commentary are located at the end of the book, providing students with a wealth of additional material and information that will enhance the understanding and enjoyment of these works.
  • An essential teaching resource, representing the breadth and depth of Dryden’s work.
  • This edition enables readers to understand Dryden’s work in relation to current modes of early modern scholarship, and within the contexts of Restoration politics and literary culture.

Steven Zwicker is Professor of English and Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. He is the author or editor of numerous works on Andrew Marvell and John Dryden, and recent interests include the habits and protocols of reading in early modern England and early modern biography.

I should add that I was not aware of this when I wrote my post on Dryden from Soho two days ago. Delightfully, Professor Zwicker got in touch when he happened to see the post, which concludes with this quotation:

when the Protector died in 1659, Dryden, perhaps out of a sense of duty either internally or externally imposed, published his “Heroique Stanzas, Consecrated to the Glorious Memory …” of Cromwell. People—especially young people—change their opinions all the time, so we should feel no compulsion to make Dryden consistent. But this poem is filled with so many perplexing ambiguities, as especially Steven N. Zwicker has noted, that no coherent republican ideology emerges from it…

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